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Cheap areas to stay in Dubai

Dubai may have a reputation for high-end luxury, but it’s perfectly possible to visit this bustling super-city without breaking the bank. Amidst the luxury apartments and gleaming skyscrapers of downtown Dubai, you’ll find plenty of cheap hotels – and with a wealth of attractions on your doorstep, you’ll save on transport costs. Bur Dubai is among the city’s most captivating and photogenic areas, with its vibrant souks, ornate mosques, and cheap and cheerful neighborhood restaurants. You’ll also find bargain-priced accommodation in Deira, a thriving riverside district with slick shopping malls and first-rate transport links.

Cheap hotels in Dubai

The JA Oasis Beach Tower is a great choice for families on a budget, with an enviable beachfront location, and free kid’s club and infant beds. Chelsea Tower Suites and Apartments offers home comforts and luxurious amenities at too-good-to-be-true prices. With self-catering facilities in every room, you can save plenty of cash by eating in, and its beautifully landscaped poolside is perfect for lazy days. If you’re on a short stopover, the Holiday Inn Express Dubai Airport is hard to beat, with modern, spotlessly clean guestrooms, and free breakfasts, WiFi, and parking.

Where to find cheap food in Dubai

For eclectic cheap eats and a buzzing atmosphere, head for Al Diyafah Street. Here, you’ll find everything from rich Ethiopian meat stews to zingy Thai soups, all served in charming, laid-back settings. In the surrounding Bur Dubai neighborhood, you’ll also find the city’s best authentic Indian, Pakistani, and Sri Lankan restaurants, where you can feast on fiery mutton curries and spicy street snacks without damaging your bank balance. Dubai Marina may be synonymous with lavish self-indulgence, but there are also budget-friendly eateries here – enjoy juicy hamburgers, wood-fired pizzas, or a filling kebab.

Cheap things to do in Dubai

At the base of the majestic Burj Khalifa you’ll find the extravagant Dubai Fountain, the city’s best-loved free attraction. Come after dark for a mind-blowing show set to stirring music, illuminated by 1000s of lights. You could easily while away a whole day at the Dubai Museum, where entrance fares are very cheap, and free guided tours are available. Housed in the Al Fahidi Fort, the city’s oldest building, here you’ll find an amazing array of precious artifacts, which chart Dubai’s evolution from exotic desert village to cosmopolitan metropolis. You can have a memorable adventure without spending a dime by wandering around the city’s traditional markets. The Spice Souk is a true assault on the senses – locals haggle energetically over exotic herbs and colorful dried fruits, while heavenly aromas of cinnamon and cloves fill the air.

Cheap ways to get around Dubai

Getting around Dubai by foot can prove quite challenging, due to a lack of sidewalks and pedestrian crossings, not to mention the searing summer heat. Thankfully, its public transport network is state-of-the-art, and much cheaper than in many other major cities. The modern, blissfully air-conditioned Dubai Metro makes it a breeze to hop between major attractions and shopping malls. There’s also an abundance of buses and ferries, ensuring that you can easily get wherever you need, without having to fork out for a taxi or hire car.

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